Remember Me Memorial
St Pauls is fundraising for a new entrance to the cathedral in memory of those in the UK, of all faiths, beliefs or none, who have died as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
For centuries the cathedral has provided a place of shared memory, to remember and grieve for people lost in war and tragedies.
Now, with public support, it hopes to create a new memorial that people can go through, into a tranquil space, draw breath and take a moment to remember the many individuals, loved and cherished, who have died as a result of the pandemic. The memorial will be the first of its kind in over 150 years and will take 12 months to build.
We are asking you to donate through this site. Whatever donation, large or small, will help ensure a physical memorial is built at St Paul’s Cathedral to all who have died as a result of the pandemic.
We need to fundraise £2.3million to deliver the project, through crowdfunding and other funding sources.
Artist’s impression of Inner Portico: Copyright Caroe Architecture Ltd with Fergus Connolly
Remember Me – from on-line to a physical memorial
In May 2020, with external support, St Paul’s set up Remember Me, an on-line memorial, to help people deal with the overwhelming sense of grief and isolation caused by the ever increasing death toll of COVID-19. Remember Me is for all faiths and none and will be open for entries for as long as is needed.
Public reaction to Remember Me has been so positive that St Paul’s wants to bring it into the Cathedral and make it part of St Paul’s history.
Many support the project including David Gompertz of the Yellow Hearts Facebook Group.
He said: Our loved ones are not just a statistic, and we thank St Paul’s Cathedral for recognising this, and helping to ensure they are remembered. We feel that anything that can be done to comfort families in this difficult time is important, and that both the ‘Yellow Hearts to Remember’ and Remember Me campaign complement each other very well. The prospect of a physical memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral is something much looked forward to by many members of the ‘Yellow Hearts to Remember’ community. There will be a day when, irrespective of belief or background, we can come together, united by loss, and celebrate the lives of those who are deeply loved and who were taken too soon by COVID-19.”
Adding a memorial to Remember Me
As the death toll continues to rise from the pandemic St Paul’s wants to encourage people to honour their loved ones by writing a tribute on the site. Every individual who has died is valued and worthy of remembrance.
You can freely access Remember Me by going to www.rememberme2020.uk
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